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Good data is needed to inform good policy. But what is good data and how is data inflected by who we are? Join Dr. Elizabeth Gregory (UH-IRWGS) and Dr. Shreela Sharma (UT-SPH) as they and their guests parse out the complexities of Houston and Harris County data linked to intersectional gender and sexuality dynamics, and related community endeavors. Topics include health, economics, childcare, violence, workforce issues and more.
6 Episodes
HDF co-hosts Shreela Sharma and Elizabeth Gregory talk with the team from the UH Community Health Workers Initiative (Rosa Ferrufino, Cindy Paz, Prof. Dan Price, Olivia Ruiz) and Dr. Sarah Simmons from Bread of Life, about their work and the need for CHWs to provide reliable information and access to health services for community members, for better outcomes for all in the short and long term. For more information, go to: and
Houston Data Files co-host Dr. Elizabeth Gregory talks with Pasadena DVHRT members Olivia Rivers (CEO/ED, The Bridge over Troubled Waters), Sgt Scott Michael (Supervising Sgt, Pasadena PD, Family Violence Division), Mary McFaden (Harris County DA’s Office, DV Division Chief) and Alicia Nuzzie (Director DVHRT, HCDV Coordinating Council), about the rollout of this DVHRT since February 2020, how it works, and what’s needed to build similar programs elsewhere.
Houston Data Files hosts Dr. Shreela Sharma and Dr. Elizabeth Gregory talk with Your Local Epidemiologist, Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, on vaccine hesitancy, making schools safe this Fall, the mental health pandemic on the horizon, the need for grassroots level coalitions and messaging to combat rising cases due to the Delta variant, and how long will this last?
We welcome our first guest, Cara Baez, from Baker-Ripley! To discuss the newly released UH IRWGS 2021 Houston/Harris County Gender & Sexuality Data Report, including trends in Houston/Harris County intersectional gender wage gaps, immigration, women in politics, childcare expansion, and much more.Link to the report:
The State of the Data

The State of the Data


Is the covid pandemic going to lead to the she-cession of our times? We discuss gendered and industry-specific exits from the workforce in Houston, the troubling drops in domestic violence reports (vs what goes unreported), and disproportionate childcare burdens on women.
Are You a Data Phile?

Are You a Data Phile?


Charting the Pandemic, Phase 1In our inaugural episode, Drs. Elizabeth Gregory and Shreela Sharma take stock of Houston and Harris County - a year into the pandemic, and discuss the ways in which the pandemic has made visible the inadequacies in our data gathering and sharing practices.